Measure of Our Success, The: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors

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Our worth is simply not measured by our church attendance, programs, buildings, and budgets. At least it cannot be, or it will cost us. In fact, it already has.

Pastor Shawn Lovejoy has seen false measures of success do damage in his own life. In his work as speaker, consultant, and coach, he's also seen them lead to pride, self-reliance, loneliness, isolation, exhaustion, and even self-destruction in the lives of other pastors. In this ...
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Overview

Our worth is simply not measured by our church attendance, programs, buildings, and budgets. At least it cannot be, or it will cost us. In fact, it already has.

Pastor Shawn Lovejoy has seen false measures of success do damage in his own life. In his work as speaker, consultant, and coach, he's also seen them lead to pride, self-reliance, loneliness, isolation, exhaustion, and even self-destruction in the lives of other pastors. In this transparent, brutally honest, yet encouraging book, he calls us back to measuring our success as pastors the way God does. Using Scripture, personal examples, and practical insights, Lovejoy leads us back to our first love and, in doing so, toward a more effective and healthy ministry.

With contributions from leading pastors, including

Larry Osborne
Steven Furtick
Mark Batterson
Chris Seay
Greg Surratt
and many more

"Too often we've listened to the false gods of competition and numbers instead of to the Holy Spirit and Scripture. Shawn offers us a needed corrective."--Larry Osborne, author; pastor of North Coast Church, Vista, CA

"An encouraging must-read for any pastor feeling discouraged, worn out, and worried that success will never come."--Greg Surratt, founding pastor of Seacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC

"I wish I had this book when I started The Journey. I highly recommend that everyone who serves in the church read this cover to cover."--Darrin Patrick, author; lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, MO

"Shawn has given us a book filled with practical insight. I wish I could have gathered this much wisdom in one book when I set out to start my first church seventeen years ago. I would have avoided so many painful mistakes."--Chris Seay, author of A Place at the Table; pastor of Ecclesia, Houston, TX

Shawn Lovejoy is the founding and lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church and directional leader of Churchplanters.com, a coaching and resource ministry for church planters. Shawn, his wife Tricia, and their three kids live near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801014604
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shawn Lovejoy is the founding and lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church, the directional leader of churchplanters.com, and the author of The Measure of Our Success. God has used Mountain Lake Church and churchplanters.com to become one of the most influential church planting ministries in the world, and Shawn gives Jesus all the credit. Shawn loves his wife, his kids, the church, pastors, college football, and PlayStation3. In that order. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Standard Measurements

1 What's Wrong with Pastors? 13

Getting Real about Some Real Problems

Insight Larry Osborne

2 The Three Cs of Unhealthy Measurement 31

What Shouldn't Count but Does

Insight Steven Furtick

3 How Do the Mighty Fall? 43

Like I Did

Insight J. D. Greear

Part 2 Redefining Success

4 Nurturing Vitality 55

Getting and Staying Healthy

Insight Mark Batterson

5 The Most Forgotten Metric 79

What Are We Really Called to Do?

Insight Matt Carter

6 Success Is Spelled TEAM 93

Valuing What's Valuable

Insight Dan Reiland

7 Prophecy, Criticism, and Success 109

Paying the Price for Ministry Success Insight Chris Seay

8 Feel Like Quitting? 125

Maybe You Should … Maybe You Shouldn't

Insight Greg Surratt

Part 3 A New Set of Metrics

9 Measuring What Matters 141

Crowds or Conversions?

Insight Tim Stevens

10 Do We Need Something New? 155

A Call for a New Reformation

Insight Tony Morgan

11 The Church Is Not the Hope of the World 163

Christology before Ecclesiology

Insight Pete Wilson

12 My Resignation 171

Stepping Down as the Leader

Insight Brian Bloye

13 The End and the Beginning 179

Finishing 'What "We Started

Insight Dr. Samuel R. Chand

Notes 183

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    If there was one book that Christianity needs right now... this

    If there was one book that Christianity needs right now... this is the one. Pastors and leaders fall daily from grace because they are chasing the false god's of success that are presented to them from culture... and even from their own distorted view of what ministry success is. Shawn Lovejoy points pastors back to the basics, to the foundations, to God's definition for success. This book will save thousands of pastors from train wrecks in ministry.

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